The Madhya Pradesh government is planning to impose a dress code on undergraduate students in the state’s colleges, higher education minister Jaibhan Singh Pawaiya has said, drawing mixed responses from students.
“Dress code is an effective thing and brings uniformity among students. We are thinking over a plan to implement dress code in colleges,” Pawaiya said at a programme of National Services Scheme (NSS) on Sunday.
Principal secretary of higher education department, Ashish Upadhyaya said the Janbhagidari Samiti of every college will be deciding on the matter. “But now, there could be state-wide dress code for all the colleges,” he said.
Janbhagidari Samiti is a body representing public in the college and helps the institution in getting financial aids.
Welcoming the dress code, Mayank Yadav, a BCom student, said, “Dress code will be a good decision as it will end all kind of differences among students in colleges. Sometimes, an inferiority complex develops among students from weaker background because of clothes. I would be very happy if the dress code is implemented in colleges.”
However, student unions feel that the decision would be a diktat, if taken without the consent of students.
ABVP’s Bhopal district president Harsh Chandel said students should be given the freedom to wear clothes of their choice, adding that the final decision should be taken with “the assent of students”.
“Before implementation, student voices should be heard by the higher education department. The government is unnecessarily trying to take
control of things by implementing such rules,” said Vivek Triptahi, spokesperson of NSUI.